John Muir by John Muir

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"The Life and Letters of John Muir (originally published in 1923), the biography of the world's most celebrated and influential conservationist, forms the principal book in this omnibus of Muir's writings. The Life and Letters, compiled posthumously by Muir's literary executor, William Frederic Bade, was originally published in 1924 in two volumes. It combines elements of John Muir's unfinished autobiography with letters selected from the voluminous correspondence between Muir and his many collaborators and admirers, all linked by Bade's restrained but perceptive commentary. The result is a vivid portrayal of John Muir the explorer, naturalist, correspondent, polemicist, writer, lobbyist, geographer, and family man. It shows clearly how his crusading passion for the outdoors projected him to the forefront of the American conservation movement and formed a critical element that led to the establishment of the first National Parks."--Pub. desc.
 

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The naturalist John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland. When he was 11 years old, he moved to the United States with his family and lived on a Wisconsin farm, where he had to work hard for long hours. He would rise as early as one o'clock in the morning in order to have time to study. At the urging of friends, he took some inventions he had made to a fair in Madison, Wisconsin. This trip resulted in his attending the University of Wisconsin. After four years in school, he began the travels that eventually took him around the world. Muir's inventing career came to an abrupt end in 1867, when he lost an eye in an accident while working on one of his mechanical inventions. Thereafter, he focused his attention on natural history, exploring the American West, especially the Yosemite region of California. Muir traveled primarily on foot carrying only a minimum amount of food and a bedroll. In 1880 Muir married Louie Strentzel, the daughter of an Austrian who began the fruit and wine industry in California. One of the first explorers to postulate the role of glaciers in forming the Yosemite Valley, Muir also discovered a glacier in Alaska that later was named for him. His lively descriptions of many of the natural areas of the United States contributed to the founding of Yosemite National Park in 1890. His urge to preserve these areas for posterity led to his founding of the Sierra Club in 1892.
 
Published May 1, 1996 by Baton Wicks Publications. 1024 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Simpson does a good job of charting the complex political maneuvering that accompanied both the creation of Yosemite National Park and the damming of the Hetch Hetchy Valley, a matter that eventually came before the national legislature.

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Wadsworth (John Muir, 1992, etc.) pays tribute to an icon of the environmental conservation movement, a popular nature writer of the last century and friend to the likes of Walt Whitman, John Muir, and Teddy Roosevelt.

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Scotsman.com

SCOTLAND has claimed John Muir – a trust, a park, a coastal trail – but would he have become a 19th century conservation pioneer if he had stayed in his native Dunbar instead of being taken to America as a boy?

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The New York Review of Books

“The Ecstasy of John Muir” by Robert Pogue Harrison [ NYR, March 12] was a fine summary of an important naturalist, but Harrison is incorrect in claiming that the biography under review, A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir by Donald Worster, is the only comprehensive evaluation in print.

May 28 2009 | Read Full Review of John Muir

Spirituality & Practice

John Muir: America's Naturalist is the second in a series of illustrated books by Thomas Locker introducing readers to individuals who loved the wilderness.

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ForeWord Reviews

Muir the man shines through it all: upon reaching the forest of his long-sought Araucaria imbricata trees, he records, “I had so long dreamed of it, it seemed familiar.” His journeys take shape aided by reproductions of sketches, maps, and other resources, including lists of books that he read du...

Aug 16 2001 | Read Full Review of John Muir

ForeWord Reviews

Children’s books can capture the minds and hearts of potential young conservationists, and this book is a prime example, thanks to its enchanting illustrations and judicious quotes from conservationist Muir that are sprinkled throughout the book.

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ForeWord Reviews

Most people know little about John Muir.

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